What is the attraction of Instagram?

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20120421-142448.jpgI enjoy photography and would never try to stop anyone taking photos either as a reminder of an event or as an art. However the current mobile phone fad has me confused. The modern smart phone is capable of taking pretty good photos (and is causing a drop in basic camera sales). The iPhone 4s has an 8MB camera and this is not the most impressive pixel count available on a camera phone.

So the ability to take clear well exposed photos is there – so why do people want to use programs like instagram to make their photos look like they were taken on a rubbish snap shot camera like the good old Kodak Instamatic, they even advertise it with an old polaroid camera – and they were rubbish!

Am I missing something?


6 thoughts on “What is the attraction of Instagram?

    Adrian Burns (@adrianburns) said:
    April 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    It’s just a fun and quirky way to share photos, I guess. Sometimes you can achieve some pleasantly surprising results. I only use it when I intend to use it – I don’t use it all the time. And when I do, I always retain the original photo in case I want to share it elsewhere too. It’s getting a lot of hype at the moment though, especially with it just being release on Android, so it’s probably being a bit ‘overused’ as a result! πŸ˜‰

      Simon Dare responded:
      April 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Perhaps I should give it a go then?

        Adrian Burns (@adrianburns) said:
        April 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm

        Yeah check it out! The iPhone version is quite a bit better actually. More polished and more filters, etc, as it’s been available for iOS for a lot longer than it has for Android.

    Adrian Burns (@adrianburns) said:
    April 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    PS… On a completely separate note, you were completely right about Google+… I’ve stopped using it and uninstalled the app… It appears to have very quickly become the online equivalent of talking to myself. There also seems to be a lot of tech ‘snobbery’ and petty bickering on there too. It got very boring, very quickly! πŸ˜‰

      Simon Dare responded:
      April 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      They should stick to search engines and maps!

    Richard Baker said:
    April 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Not sure what the Instagram fuss is about myself, Simon. Partly because the iPhon camera app is perfectly ok, partly because I tried a different app called Camera Awesome, which among other things includes a very useful horizon in the interface, making easier to get the ‘line’ in your composure right.

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